Former Finance Chair Gallison Asks For A Three-Year Sentence On Felonies

Jun 15, 2017

The lawyer for a disgraced former legislator is calling for a three-year prison sentence, that’s slightly less than the high end of federal sentencing guidelines for the case.

Former House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison of Bristol pleaded guilty to nine federal charges earlier this year. The offenses included mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns. Gallison admits taking $660,000 from a series of people for his own benefit, including a disabled person for who he served as a trustee.

During a March hearing, a judge told Gallison he faced a maximum prison sentence of 111 years. But federal guidelines call for a shorter stretch behind bars – between 33 and 41 months.

In a pre-sentencing memo, defense lawyer Anthony Traini calls for Gallison to get a three-year sentence. Traini argues in part that Gallison’s 16 years as a lawmaker had nothing to do with the details of his conviction.

Gallison is slated to be sentenced Friday afternoon.